Letters to the Editor: Farewell to a local architectural gem

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Some commentary errupting on my N&R; Letters to the Editor: Farewell to a local architectural gem Archives based on a previous blog post.

Update: The N&R disabled commenting and placed this on a summary page. I have reproduced it here. Enjoy!

FAREWELL TO A LOCAL ARCHITECTURAL GEM: Burlington Industry Headquarters Greensboro, NC

When I first visited Greensboro back in 1998 on a job interview, I was struck by several things. Architecturally, the landscape seemed homogenous, almost as if one could pour everything into a one-gallon jug of whole milk. But, when my relocation specialist, who toured me around the area, drove down Friendly toward Wendover, my jaw dropped as we approached the Burlington Industries headquarters.

What was this? A steel superstructure ensconced a glass tower. The building’s design in sharp contrast to the residential area surrounding it. I was impressed. Being an armchair fan of architecture, this structure reminded me of the John Hancock tower in Boston by architect I.M. Pei.

The Burlington Industries building was designed by A.G. Odell and Associates of Charlotte in 1971.

But, alas, on Monday, we bade farewell to one of Greensboro’s modern architectural gems for some more shopping.


This says a lot about the area’s priorities … sad.


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